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I have struggled my whole life with weight and more specifically, using food as comfort. After my first child, my weight went down and then back up. The day before my second daughter was born, my doctor put me on the scale and I was one pound shy of 200, a lot for someone 5'1. Ok, so I WAS pregnant but still, a baby doesn't weigh THAT much. After Ellery, was born, at about 172 lbs, I decided I would not be a parent who was sitting on the sidelines, watching my kids play, unable to fully participate. I also wanted to be a good role model of how to eat and stay healthy. My friend took me to Jazzercise and another took me to Weight Watchers. I have never been on a diet, as restricting myself has generally meant that I eat more, so I appreciated that WW promoted being able to eat what you wanted within reason. This gave me a good start. After doing WW for a while, I gained a full understanding of how much I had been overeating and that I needed to make better food choices. I was finally able to quit when I became aware that my body just didn't need as much food. A year later and about 15 lbs lighter, I was in the doctor's office, explaining my new changes, and she said "Jazzercise?! Do you even SWEAT in there?" I laughed and said "of course!" But then, I hadn't been to Undisputed yet. A month later my friend invited me to Undisputed. During my first class, I had to go outside 3 times for thinking I would faint or throw up. I thought "hmmm...maybe this is what my doctor meant by real exercise". After a few more classes with Undisputed staff, I was hooked. I was completely intrigued by kickboxing but I stayed because of the community and the atmosphere. I started with Brian and Jenna, professionals who were inspiring and patient. Then I tried Bazzel's conditioning class and found myself continually challenged and encouraged. Every class I attended offered different challenges so I could change it up whenever I wanted. The other members inspire me too, as I look around at people who are pushing themselves. I know my hard work was a big part of the changes I have made, but I sincerely believe that I couldn't have done it without UBG. The childcare component is huge and because my daughters have seen what I do, they wanted to try too. A few weeks ago they begged me to take them to David's youth boxing and they loved it. I was so proud of them. They can't wait to go again. Now I just have to prepare them for a dumpster run! And prepare myself for the Tough Mudder run at the end of September. Thanks goodness I have UBG!!